Mixing High and Low Fashion

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Bag  – Ted Baker (mine is last year’s but I am obsessed with this one!), Skirt – Old Navy (this one is non-maternity but the maternity version is here), Lace Tee – Target (Who What Wear), Watch – Skagen, Sunglasses – Karen Walker Super Duper, Booties – Jeffrey Campbell – IN LOVE (similar version here and linked below), Hat – Ann Taylor (last year’s, similar one here!), Lip Stain – YSL

Hello Friends!

Happy Monday!  I know I have mentioned this before, but I love Mondays.  To me, it is a chance to start things all over again!  Like New Year’s every week!  For those of you – most of you – who think I am a wacko, I have found that Mondays can be made much better when prepared for on the weekends!  Make things as easy on yourself as possible!

Today, I wanted to talk with you about how to successfully mix high and low priced pieces to create a successful, chic look!  (In this post, I talk about how I pick up awesome, quality pieces from discount retailers, and discounted pieces at high-end retailers.)  So, I am sharing my best tips on how to mix these pieces yourself!

  1. FIRST FIT! – No matter what, finding the perfect fit should be your very first priority.  I know it can be a bit time consuming, but be picky about this.  Even the highest end pieces can look cheap if they don’t fit as intended.
  2. Finding Quality – This one requires you to use your sense of touch!  At every price point, buy pieces that are made with nice materials.  (Look for thickness, softness, stitching etc. here.)
  3. Look to Accessories – Honestly, my skirt and tee are less than $30 so, So, I was extra picky with what I paired them with.  In this case, I chose my favorite (investment sunglasses) and found texture and intricate detail with a beautiful bag and edgy boots.  I think the end result is an outfit that looks like a million bucks!
  4. Back to Basics – When finding/wearing pieces from discount retailers, look for basics.  This black tee and black and white pencil skirt are classic, wearable, and can be staples in any wardrobe.  (Stay away from hyper-trendy, busy, overly colorful items here, as they are more likely to look cheap!)

Before you go on with your day, here is a quick thought I wanted to share with you.  Yesterday in Sunday school, I taught a lesson about the power of words, both for good and bad.  One of my favorite people in the universe summarized my not so eloquent words so beautifully!

So, brothers and sisters, in this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be “perfect” men and women in at least this one way now—by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity, the three great Christian imperatives so desperately needed in the world today. With such words, spoken under the influence of the Spirit, tears can be dried, hearts can be healed, lives can be elevated, hope can return, confidence can prevail. – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Much Love,

Ally Norling fashion lifestyle blog

PS – Pregnancy update: 24 weeks, down to 1 Zofran a day, and felt baby Madison kick for the first time yesterday!

Skirt – Old Navy, Lace Tee – Target, Hat – Ann Taylor, Purse – Ted Baker (last season, love THIS one!), Boots – Jeffrey Campbell, Sunglasses – Karen Walker Super Duper, Watch – Skagen

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